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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 31 preview

10 February 2017

The Sky Bet Championship leaders are in action in one of two fixtures screened live on Sky Sports this weekend.

Newcastle United's Saturday evening trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers brings Matchday 31 to a close, although they could be second by kick-off, should Brighton & Hove Albion defeat Burton Albion in their 3pm fixture.

Sheffield Wednesday host Birmingham City in Friday night's televised match before their fellow Yorkshire promotion-chasers, Leeds United, take to the pitch on Saturday afternoon to face Cardiff City.

Huddersfield Town visit Queens Park Rangers, and Barnsley – sitting four points outside the top six – travel to third-placed Reading.

At the opposite end, Rotherham United take on Blackburn Rovers in a battle between two sides in the bottom three.

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 31 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Friday 10th February 2017
Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham City (7:45pm - live on Sky Sports)
Saturday 11th February 2017

Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burton Albion
Derby County v Bristol City
Fulham v Wigan Athletic
Leeds United v Cardiff City
Norwich City v Nottingham Forest
Preston North End v Brentford
Queens Park Rangers v Huddersfield Town
Reading v Barnsley
Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United (5:30pm - live on Sky Sports)

Referees: Click here to see the appointed match officials

Five facts

1. Aston Villa's last three home fixtures against Ipswich Town have all finished 2-1 to the hosts, the most recent of which came in a 2013 FA Cup tie.

2. Burton make their first trip to Brighton in what will be the third meeting between the clubs. The Brewers have lost both without scoring, suffering 3-0 and 1-0 home reverses.

3. Fulham and Wigan have played out four consecutive draws with four different scorelines. A 1-1 draw began the streak, before 3-3, 2-2 and 0-0 stalemates.

4. Preston have lost six straight games against Brentford, including a 5-0 hammering in September's reverse fixture. The Bees have a 15-2 aggregate scoreline in that period.

5. The home side hasn't emerged victorious in any of the last six between Reading and Barnsley. The visitors have taken all three points in five of those, with the exception being a 1-1 draw at Oakwell in 2013.

Social media

4️⃣ wins from 6️⃣, in among the Play-Off places 💪

Congrats to @ReadingFC's Jaap Stam - our Manager of the Month >>

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) February 10, 2017

Six goals in four games ⚽🔥@LUFC's @officialcwood is our Player of the Month - congrats! >>

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) February 10, 2017

One start, two goals 🙌

A full @LaticsOfficial debut to remember for @OmarBogle9!

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) February 9, 2017

And what a 12 months it has been....

— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) February 6, 2017

I want to apologize for the swearing but
it was and it is a

— Michael Hefele (@michaelhefele) February 6, 2017

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